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New England Institute of Art - October 6, 2009

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For the third year in a row, hundreds of college audio students, faculty, administrators and members of the local audio community gathered for the Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit. This full day of workshops, tutorials, studio and software demos, panel discussions and presentations was held on the campus of the New England Institute of Art on Saturday, September 26, 2009.

Presenters included:

Radiohead producer Sean Slade and engineer Matthew Ellard on getting great guitar sounds
Audio Guru Dave Moulton on the importance of critical listening levels
Multi-Grammy Winner and AES President Jim Anderson on the art of jazz and acoustic recording
FBI Special Technical Agent Chip McGinn on audio surveillence, forensics and how an audio student might get a job with the FBI.
Studio Builder David Malekpour let students take a peak at some of the world class rooms that he has built for Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keyes, Timbaland and Jay Z.
Grammy winner Jay Frigoletto on the art of mastering
Author and Educator Alex Case "reverse engineered" some classic studio effects
Sound Design for TV workshop featuring Brian McKeever
Author and Educator Gary Gottlieb moderated a great panel about engineers and their favorite gear
Pro Tools Wizards Bill Crabtree, David Lefkowitz, Sean McLaughlin and Brian Doser showed students lots of tricks, shortcuts and best practices
Genelec's Paul Stewart showed students how their speaker placement is affecting their mixes
Cakewalk's Rich Curtis showed PC audio fans how they can make great sounding music with Sonar
SSL's Fadi Hayek explained why SSL sounds better than....
Boston Music Awards Nominee Nelly Pro Tools gave a workshop on hip hop production in the studio
Sennheiser's David Missall gave a workshop on wireless microphones
Educator Barry Marshall on the legacy of Les Paul
Legendary CBS Recording Engineer and Educator Don Puluse
A workshop on microphone selection by Mercenary Audio's Adam Brass
Demos from the Boston Pro Tools Users Group
Demos from the Apple Logic Users Group
Students toured the Studio Metronome Mobile Recording Truck
Free Hearing Tests were offered to Student AES members by Rob DiCamillo
New instruments were demonstrated by Sonivox
iZotope demonstrated their powerful RX software.


According to the event's founder, AES Education Committee Vice Chairman John Krivit, "It's always a lot of work to make this event happen but there is so much value in bringing all of the local audio students together from all of the programs throughout the Northeast. The students and faculty from all of these local colleges get to know each other and make really strong connections. The industry professionals who participate are happy to be able to reach the students in one big event and I think that they're beginning to realize that the schools are still a very vibrant market. We're still building studios and buying gear so they're very happy to come and spend a Saturday talking to students."

"As an added bonus," Krivit added "we get a lot of kids interested in the AES so that hopefully they will show up at the New York convention just two short weeks later."

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